Ronda Rousey has always been a fan of WWE since she was a kid, which is obvious by her attire. She has been met with applause and fans have cheered her as she transitioned from MMA to WWE. She didn’t think things would go this way.
She spoke to PWI Podcast, where she discussed how she had expected to be given the cold shoulder by the fans, which wouldn’t be anything new. This is what she said:
“Honestly, coming into this, I expected all the fans and all the people in the locker room to hate my guts from day one. I really did! I was really blindsided by how accepting and amazing everybody has been, and how amazing the WWE Universe has been, and how amazing everybody in the locker room has been. I mean, like, I’m really not here for a quick paycheck, or some extra fame, or anything like that.”
“Honestly, I really love this business. I really want to contribute as much as I can and I don’t want to take credit for the women’s evolution. I don’t want to take away from what everyone has been doing. I just want to be a catalyst and I want to be able to speed up what’s going on here and bring more attention and more value to all the work that these women are doing. If I can do that in the least, then I’m happy.”
“Just coming into this industry, I’ve been nothing but surprised nonstop by the absolute goodness in people, and how happy they are for me to be here, and for me to be a part of it. I was expecting resistance and resentment from day one and I’ve got nothing but acceptance and everybody willing to help me. There hasn’t been one person who hasn’t offered me a piece of advice, or knowledge, or something and I’m just so lucky that I’m surrounded by all of those teachers from day one.”
Her upcoming match with Becky Lynch might be the first time where she can get booed by fans, and it it is sure to be the toughest match in her career so far.
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h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.